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Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who's Been There and Back Hardcover – September 14, 2010

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One would be forgiven for assuming that the daughter of actor, bodybuilder, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist Maria Shriver has led a rarified and privileged life, free of strife about issues typically associated with adolescence, like body image, sexuality, and self esteem. But Schwarzenegger, currently an undergraduate at USC, uses her platform to share her experiences in a debut that rides the line between self-help and memoir. Her goal is to mine her own journey in order to empower women, and she wisely discusses eating disorders, birth control, and other hot-button issues in a direct, candid tone complimented by statistics, expert opinion, history, and insight from other women who have struggled with these concerns. "For Moms Only" boxes underscore the important positive role that mothers need to play and offer tips on helping daughters achieve confidence and a positive self- image. Despite the name on the spine, this is girl power from one (relatively) normal young woman to another.
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About the Author

Katherine Schwarzenegger is a twenty-year-old junior at USC. This is her first book.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voice; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341435
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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146 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Charismatic Creature on September 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Katharine Schwartzenegger is (duh) the daughter of Maria Shriver and The Gubernator (Arnold Swartzenegger), and it's hard to believe this would have been published otherwise. I picked this up thinking it might make a good book for a friend's teenage daughter -- the title and blurb suggest it's about sensible eating and loving your natural curves.

The book jacket photos show the young author, who is attractive and normally proportioned, though not the "skinny minny" Hollywood type. I expected the tone of the book to be breezy and informal, and geared to young girls ages 12-18.

Boy, what a puff piece. For starters, this feels not only ghost-written but committee-written. It doesn't have the integrity of a piece written by a real flesh-and-blood human being. Katharine seems to have had some struggles with normal puberty and development in some chapters, but in others not so much. In some, her family is warm and supportive. In others, her dad is fanatically throwing out junk food, and harshly interrogating her about what she eats.

It goes on and gets worse. Almost every piece of sensible advice given out is then contraindicated by ANOTHER confusing annecdote. Accept your natural body...but don't eat too much!

Don't obsess, don't compare -- but don't get fat either. Eat the pizza (but only one piece!) Don't weigh yourself, but don't gain weight either. Clearly, the author still has a LOT of issues about having a curvy body in the Hollywood/LA milieu where size zero rules all.

I was a little alarmed at the section on birth control. Katharine started her period at 14, then quickly became sexually active and on the pill. She recommends starting birth control even before you are sexually active, advice I imagine some parents would not be too fond of.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maria Beadnell on August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book long before the Scandal, but out of curiosity: The daughter of 2 of the most physically beautiful people in the western world, and wealthy--she could buy beauty if she wanted. What in the world would she have to say that would be interesting?

First of all, I loved that she did not pretend, as do some celeb relatives, that she had a normal life. She is aware that having a nanny and the Terminator for dad and American political royalty mom does set her apart. Phew! Refreshing. Now, even with all those advantages, she still suffered from the normal teen self-doubt, and the misogynist media images? Amazing. And wonderful that she tackles those issues, if not head-on, at least with thought and introspection.

A controversial part of the book is where Ms. Schwarzenegger says she learned how to use birth control early, before she had a partner. And I say GOOD FOR HER. Get to know your body and take responsibility for having an adult body, yourself, don't do it just for That Guy. [BTW I am 50ish, so let's not go speculating I'm young and wild. I'm old and wise.]

She can't make sense of conflicting societal messages: love your body and don't weigh yourself, BUT watch what you eat. But she admits these conflicting messages are there and does give the message to love who you are. As we used to say in the 70s, be yourself, but be your BEST self. I'm not convinced she completely is at ease with her slightly larger than Hollywood body, but I don't expect that of a woman in her early 20s. She's on her way and she's bringing some of us with her, which is great.

The writing is fluffier than I would expect of someone of her age and education but I will attribute that at least in part to the expected audience: girls in mid-teens.
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robin Landry TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 17, 2010
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I wish there had been a book like this around when I was a teenage girl, but it's here now and as someone who's long past those awful, insecure years, I still found some nuggets of truth in Katherine's wonderful new book. It's one thing for your mom to tell you that you're beautiful, and you're very lucky if she does, but it's even better when you hear it from a girl you would perceive as having it all. Famous and successful parents, beauty(yes, Katherine is a gorgeous girl) money and fame, didn't prevent from feeling like she was fat, ugly and stupid.

Chapter by chapter, with asides from real girls, Katherine takes us through the pitfalls of being a teenage girl. She covers everything from food and exercise, to boys and birth-control. This would be a great book to open a dialogue with daughters, or to just give young girls to let them see that they're not alone in how they feel.

I'm going to recommend this book for every mother I know of a teenage girl. I am so thankful that Katherine wrote it. What a wise and brave young girl she is for sharing her own insecurities. Countless young girls can be helped through what is probably the most insecure times of their lives with this book. It would be even better if mothers read this book first just because we tend to forget those years when we felt like we were the only ones who were imperfect.

Rock What You've Got is especially valuable today because of all the media we have hitting us 24/7 saying that unless we look as wonderful as the air-brushed models around us, we'll never be happy. Katherine sites statistics of how many young girls get breast implants as graduation presents.
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